Sri Lanka Visit – Travel Video

Sri Lanka Visit – Travel Video
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Sri Lanka may be a small island in the Indian Ocean but that’s the only thing small about  it.  The country, formerly known as Ceylon, boasts an ancient civilization, golden sandy beaches  with their swaying coconut palms, mountains, and tea plantations.  While visiting the island, you’ll see colonial architecture from the days when the Portuguese,  Dutch and English ruled.  You’ll also see lots of elephants, some of which participate in local festivals and,  if you’re lucky, perhaps a leopard or two at a wildlife sanctuary.  Here’s a look at the best places to visit in Sri Lanka:  Number 10.  Hikkaduwa  The small, seaside city of Hikkaduwa is north of Galle, along the southwest coast of Sri  Lanka.   It may have lost a little of its beauty since the tourists started arriving here in the  1970’s, but if you want to spend a few days near the sea, this might be the spot for you.  Number 9.  Ella.  Hiking

Ella itself may be small, but if you enjoy hiking or just relaxing in the peace and quiet  of nature, it’s definitely well worth your time.  Make sure to hike to some of the nearby waterfalls and temples, as well as to the top of Ella  Rock for incredible views.  Number 8.  Anuradhapura.  The last capital of the ancient kingdoms, Kandy is home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic,  one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in the world.  A major, colorful festival involves taking the tooth relic around the city.

Pretty Place

The fortress is not just another pretty place, however; today it houses courts and businesses.  Galle is becoming known as an arts colony and its expat community.  Other top sights include a natural harbor, Sri Lanka’s oldest lighthouse, a maritime  museum, a key Shiva temple and the Jesuit built St. Mary’s Cathedral.  Number 1.  Sigiriya.  Wannabe archaeologists need to put Sigiriya on their list of must-see places in Sri Lanka.  This ancient city is built on a steep slope, topped by a plateau almost 600 feet high.  This plateau is known as Lion’s Rock as it oversees the jungles below.  The ancient rock fortress dates back to the third century BC when it was a monastery.  It was later turned into a royal residence.  Access to the site is through staircases and rooms emanating from the lion’s mouth.  You’ll also see ponds, gardens and fountains.  Locals consider the site the eighth wonder of the world.


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